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Coming alongside

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In World War II, many of our ships were severely damaged by enemy action. Often, another ship would “come alongside” the damaged ship to help with repairs. The ships would share electrical power, water hoses for fighting fires, pumps for clearing flooded compartments, and many other items that would help the stricken vessel make repairs and stay afloat.Personnel would also be shared. Damage control specialists and medical personnel from the undamaged ship would be transferred to assist in making repairs and in caring for the wounded. Once the ship was stabilized, the ship that “came alongside” would escort the damaged ship to port making sure it arrived safely.


Pet of the Week

Meet Kent from the Bell County Animal Shelter, a 3-month-old Dachshund mix. Kent is a very sweet, calm boy and loves attention and climbing up into your arms. The adoption cost is $70 which includes a veterinarian exam, a mild deworming, a Parvo distempter shot, a Rabies shot and neuter surgery. If you are interested in meeting Kent or any other of the adoptable pets, the Bell County Animal Shelter can be reached at 606-337-6331.

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Pressure to change, power to remain

(Daniel 1:4-9) Along the timberline in the Rocky Mountains grows an evergreen called the Bristlecone Pine. These gnarled trees can live for hundreds of years. Over the years many have been bent by the pressure brought to bear by relentless winds.The story of the Bristlecone is the story of many a person. The constant pressure to conform has led some folks to bend under the force of peers, cultural changes, and ever-shifting social and cultural mores`. Some have no idea about the ch...

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The Islamic State and Psalm 83

Have you ever had that feeling that something was about to happen? You don’t know what it is, but something is going on. The world is teetering, it is on the edge, everyone knows it, everyone can sense that feeling that something is about to break, some major, life changing event is about to take place, but no one knows for sure what it is.I believe the event could be the invasion of Israel as foretold in the Bible in Psalm 83. The people and governments of these lands have d...

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Jackets roll to 48-10 win over Harlan

A strong Middlesboro rushing attack was too much for Harlan as the visiting Dragons lost to the Yellow Jackets 48-10 on Friday.“I thought it was a good win for us,” said Middlesboro head coach Zach Massengill. “We felt like we could run the football.”The senior running back duo of Ryan Pittman and Seth Barton created a majority of the plays offensively. Pittman rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns on six carries. Barton added 148 yards and tw...

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Red-tailed hawk is a pleasing dose of wildness

While several hawk species spend time in East Tennessee, the red tailed hawk stays around all year and is the most common one seen. They prefer to hang out in open fields near woodland edges. Seeing a red tail gliding across the sky and hearing their high-pitched cry gives one a pleasing dose of wildness.The red tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) has a body around 2 feet long with wide wings that span around 4 feet (the male is smaller than the female). The tail is broad, rounded and ...

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Scottish singer featured in concert

Scottish singer Barbara Dickson, visiting the United States to play for the first time in concert, will be featured Sept. 26 in Big Stone Gap, Va. presented by the Pro-Art Association and the Big Stone Gap Celtic Festival.The Celtic Festival, which is the weekend of Sept. 26-27, offers games, foods, dances, music and songs of the seven Celtic nations, an unusual approach for a festival in the United States. Like European festivals, this one features a race. The first Saturday event...

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Coal Country Crusade a success

When you mention Log Mountain the thought that comes to mind is Bell County Bobcat football. This named location is synonymous with football because of the success of the high school program there.This past week the location hosted the Bell County Coal Country Crusade with Evangelist Rick Gage. Rich Gage grow up in Texas but now leads GoTell Ministries from just outside of Atlanta.The Log Mountain venue was transformed from the normal setting of football games and track ...

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Make a Difference Day

Oct. 25 is Make a Difference Day.Is your response, “I don’t have time” or “I’m already making a difference” or “This is just another day of nonsense which is designed to benefit everyone but me.”Some might wake up on Oct. 25 and think, this is Make a Difference Day. What can I do?We all can do little things: Write an expression of gratitude a few days before Oct. 25 and mail it to a person who has made a differen...

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Bobcats answer the bell

On a night when tensions ran high on Log Mountain the Bobcats took control of their game against Knox Central with a pair of long touchdown drives in the second half and held on for a 15-6 win over the Panthers.“Our kids showed a lot of character, showed a lot of poise,” Bell County coach Wayne Mills said. “There was a fight about them. It was about bloodying your knuckles, going down in the back alley and coming out on top and our kids responded. I’m very p...

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Lions take care of Lynn Camp, 57-6

Striking quickly and striking often the Pineville Mountain Lions celebrated their Hall of Fame weekend with a 57-6 romp over Lynn Camp Friday night.Sophomore receiver Will Adams caught three passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Bradley Fuson and Lawrence Simpson both ran for two scores while Robbie Miller and Jordan Wombles both also found paydirt on the ground.

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Saturday, September 20, the 263rd day of 2014. There are 102 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On September 20, 1519, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his crew set out from Spain on five ships to find a western passage to the Spice Islands. (Magellan was killed enroute, but one of his ships eventually circled the world.)On this date:...

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Community Calendar

To place an event in the Community Calendar, email: bmoore@civitasmedia.com; fax: 606-573-0042 attention Bethany Moore; or drop a written copy of the announcement by our office at 120 North 11th Street, Middlesboro (behind Food City). Announcements will not be accepted by phone and should be submitted no later than four days before the event. If received in time, it will be published one or two days before the event. Announcements are also available to view at www.middle...

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Friday’s prep football scores

The Associated PressFootballAdair Co. 42, Monroe Co. 14Anderson Co. 36, Mercer Co. 0Beechwood 42, Franklin Co. 13Bell Co. 15, Knox Central 6Bellevue 50, Carroll Co. 14Bethlehem 41, Trimble Co. 16Betsy Layne 44, Knott Co. Central 0Boyle Co. 28, George Rogers Clark 7Butler Co. 40, Grayson Co. 12Caldwell Co. 55, Fort Campbell 7Campbell Co. 48, Conner 28Ca...

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All’s ‘well’ at schools

The Bell County Board of Education is installing a new heating and cooling system at Bell Central and Bell High School as one of their many school projects taking place.School officials say the new geothermal system will generate energy savings for the two schools.“This performance contract is paid for by the energy savings generated by the new geothermal heating and cooling systems and other energy saving measures at these two renovated schools,” said Title ...

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Laws indicted on charges of making meth

A Middlesboro woman was indicted by the Bell County Grand Jury recently after being accused of possessing tools to make meth and endangering children.Tasha Laws, 26, was indicted for manufacturing methamphetamine and five counts of fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child.According to the indictment, Laws left a bag containing a methamphetamine lab in a park, endangering five children during the time. Police say she also possessed equipment to make the ...

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Panel approves attendance clerk

The Bell County School District will have an attendance clerk again this year. The board of education approved the position, which will also include the role of home bound teacher, during a recent school board meeting.The board plans to hire Chris Warren, who held the position last year. The pay for the position is $100 a day.“We gained more money than we paid out, but more importantly we kept children in school,” said Bell County Superintendent Yvonne Gillia...

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Annual heritage walk set at Cumberland Gap park

Where can you meet intrepid pioneer Rebecca Boone, the murderous Harpe brothers and famed conservationist Gifford Pinchot, and still stay right in beautiful Cumberland Gap?During the annual heritage walk of course.For the fourth year in a row, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is presenting “Within the Shadows of Cumberland Gap Heritage Walk.”Once again, the park will be shedding light on some of the lesser-known stories and people from the a...

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